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  • Treating Customers Fairly - Strategy

    Treating Customers Fairly Strategy March 2012

  • Treating Customers Fairly - Strategy Henderson has assessed the six TCF outcomes and the product provider responsibilities set out by the FSA and has created six TCF Principles of its own that are relevant to the Henderson business. Hendersons Principles provide the business with a framework against which we have developed measurable indicators that demonstrate TCF is being embedded within the corporate culture and to help us demonstrate that our customers are consistently being treated fairly. Henderson has developed controls and processes, allocated resources and responsibilities and created TCF capability among its staff. Henderson is embedding TCF by: 1. Culture

    Incorporating TCF within Hendersons Corporate Strategy

    Raising the level of TCF awareness amongst its staff through communications, a TCF homepage, and mandatory training programmes

    Introducing TCF objectives in the performance & incentive agreements of

    key staff

    Recognising that TCF is a continuous process and is committed to maintaining standards which are geared towards considering the quality of the outcomes experienced by Hendersons clients

    2. Product Design & Testing

    Ensuring TCF Principles form part of our key systems and controls

    Incorporating TCF considerations in the product development and marketing processes and identifying target markets.

    3. Providing Fair information

    Working with distribution channels to understand their information needs and see how we can assist them in the way they comply with their responsibilities to their clients

    Ensuring that any information given to distributors and clients is clear, fair and

    not misleading. 4. Distribution

    Careful selection of our distributors and obtaining feedback from them on existing products and areas where gaps in the market may exist.

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  • 5. Monitoring Performance

    Monitoring the performance and generic suitability of Henderson products on an ongoing basis through life cycle testing.

    6. Post-sales Service and Monitoring

    Monitoring the performance of Hendersons retail third party administrators to ensure they apply TCF Principles

    Independently sampling the way any complaints have been handled to ensure

    that they have been dealt with fairly

    Independent monitoring of business functions to ensure they adhere to regulatory and their own agreed standards

    The embedding of TCF is being measured by:

    Gathering relevant management information from business divisions involved in the product life cycle, measuring this information against Hendersons TCF principles and taking appropriate actions to remedy deficiencies

    Reporting management information to Hendersons senior management and

    Board of Directors on a regular basis to gain feedback and direction.

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  • What does TCF mean for Henderson?

    1. Henderson has always considered its customers interests to be paramount and ExCo remains firmly committed to the ensuring the Group continues to embrace the TCF mindset. ExCo has put in place a Statement of Responsibility regarding TCF (see links below) which all business areas are expected to integrate into business processes.

    2. As a largely institutional and wholesale investment house, we need to be alert

    to the management of potential conflicts between the interests of retail investors in our products and our other clients, and be able to demonstrate that we manage such conflicts in accordance with the principle of treating customers fairly.

    3. As a provider, we need to consider what impact our actions may have on the

    ability of distributors to treat their customers fairly, and we need to think constructively about how we behave and the impact of that on the customer. So, for example, if we are producing a complex product (e.g. a UCITS absolute return fund), what steps might it be sensible to take to ensure the intermediaries with whom we are dealing directly properly understand the product and its performance and risk characteristics?

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  • What does TCF mean for you? 1. Henderson expects all its employees to pay due regard to the interests of

    consumers and to treat them fairly. 2. The requirement to treat customers fairly is a principle rather than a rule

    and, therefore, there are no prescribed right or wrong ways to deal with issues that involve the use of discretion on your part. What you are required to do in any given scenario is ensure that consideration has been given to the interests of one customer compared to any other customers involved, or the interests of a customer(s) and Hendersons interests, and apply fair treatment.

    If you are uncertain as to what constitutes a fair treatment, you should consult your line manager or a member of the Compliance department.

    3. Be alert to signs that your customers may not have been treated fairly. If you

    become aware of serious or numerous complaints relating to products or services, these should be drawn to the attention of your line manager.

    4. Consider whether departmental procedures or processes encapsulate the fair

    treatment of customers and, if appropriate, make recommendations to your line manager.

    5. If you are in doubt on any aspect of TCF, the Compliance department will be

    please to provide you with guidance.

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    Appendix FSAs 6 Consumer Outcomes The FSAs TCF initiative is outcome focused and aims to deliver six improved outcomes for retail consumers firms should focus on trying to achieve these outcomes. These are: Outcome 1: Consumers can be confident that they are dealing with firms where the fair treatment of customers is central to the corporate culture. Outcome 2: Products and services marketed and sold in the retail market are designed to meet the needs of identified consumer groups and are targeted accordingly. Outcome 3: Consumers are provided with clear information and are kept appropriately informed before, during and after the point of sale. Outcome 4: Where consumers receive advice, the advice is suitable and takes account of their circumstances. Outcome 5: Consumers are provided with products that perform as firms have led them to expect, and the associated service is both of an acceptable standard and as they have been led to expect. Outcome 6: Consumers do not face unreasonable post-sale barriers imposed by firms to change product, switch provider, submit a claim or make a complaint.